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Contract project: where to live + transport means + rate

 
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(I don't know what is the correct topic question.)

I have a hypothetical question (could be a reality, I never done any contract project before):

Suppose you live in Los Angeles, you have a java project in NewYork for 6 months.

How do you go about calculating or planning, I just throw out questions

Where you live? In a hotel/motel or rent an appartment
Means of transport? Rent a car for 6 months?
What are the options/questions should I be asking?

Based upon the above possible answer, I have to calculate the hourly billing rate.

Thanks.
 
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If this is New York City, you don't need a car. And you can rent a room share which is less expensive than an apartment. Or rent from someone who is out of town for a few months. In other words, it depends on where your hypothetical contract is.
 
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Thanks.

Is there any link where we can consult the average hourly billing rate for a regular java software developer?

For those who have done contract jobs out of your own state, how was the experience if possible to share?
 
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Have you tried looking at Salary.com. Salaries in the US change a lot based on which area you live in, simply because cost of living varies a lot
 
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@H.Paul, you can find crowdsourced quantitative data on costs of living here. Perhaps it can help you calculate your rates.
 
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